BYU to Famous Idaho Potato Bowl
The 6-6 BYU Cougars figured their football season was over by they have one more game and ironically it will be on the blue turf in Boise where the Cougars are 0-4.
To be honest, when I heard BYU was coming to plays Western Michigan in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl I thought, "How can that happen? Isn't this a Mountain West Bowl"?"
Well yes it is and while nobody is saying money and politics played a roll in BYU's selection over Mountain West resident and bowl eligible Wyoming, what do you think?
Wyoming was here last year and even with Josh Allen at quarterback that promoted Denver Bronco boss John Elway to fly into Boise for the game, the Cowboys fans didn't exactly show up in droves.
Remember, The Famous Idaho Potato Bowl is one of 14 bowl properties owned by ESPN.
Remember, BYU is playing as an independent partly on the money they received from ESPN in a special package deal signed a few years back. Part of the agreement is a bowl game guarantee from ESPN if the Cougars are bowl eligible.
At 6-6 BYU is eligible and presto, they are coming to Boise! BYU fans will most assuredly fill seats and since ESPN owns the event, they've been able to cover their promise to BYU and have a chance to make a profit on a bowl they own and operate.
Actually I have no problem with that, it really does make sense and having BYU in the game adds a little flair to the December 21st game.
Wyoming officials aren't real pleased but any controversy out of Laramie is being swept aside just like the snow on a Wyoming field.